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Irish Studies An Interdisciplinary Course in Irish Civilisation

Edmund Spenser EN 2030: Irish Writing in English 1590-1800 [5 ECTS]

This module will survey key texts relating to Ireland and written in English, drawing on a range of writers from different backgrounds and contexts across the historical period, including Edmund Spenser, Jonathan Swift, Edmund Burke, Sarah Butler, Frances Sheridan, and Oliver Goldsmith. On successful completion of this module, students will have examined the ways in which these readings reflect the ethnic and political complexities of Ireland as different communal identities were fading or developing across the island. At the same time, they will have explored the development of key patterns within Irish writing, such as the Stage Irishman. Having engaged on a comparative basis with imperial and colonial discourses, they will also have developed an understanding of the ways in which images and ideas of Ireland functioned for different audiences, including London theatre audiences and readers of colonial travel narratives.

Contact: Pat Carty Last updated: Oct 17 2016.